What is Fat Grafting?
As we age, the loss of volume in certain areas of the face and body can eventually lead to the onset of wrinkles and a sunken appearance. Due to this loss of fat tissue, many people often end up appearing older than they really are.
Rather than undergoing invasive procedures, some individuals choose fat transfer treatments because of their effectiveness and minimal amount of downtime. Also known as “fat grafting,” this procedure removes fat from one part of the body and injects it into another to restore fullness and provide a youthful look.
Why Fat Grafting?
Fat is a perfect filler — it is soft and has a natural feeling. There is no allergic reaction to it, since it comes from your own body. There is even a chance that it will become permanent in the new location! Fat Transfer or Fat Grafting is a procedure that uses some of the patient’s own fat tissue to fill-in creases, lines, depressions or other underdeveloped areas in the face and body. Small portions of fat are carefully taken from a donor area, like the abdomen or inner thigh, and then prepared using a special technique.
Small amounts are then injected into tiny tunnels, cross-layered and structured to form a stable platform to augment or fill an area. The fat is carefully grafted, and not just injected, so that the desired appearance is achieved. Most cosmetic surgeons believe that about 20 to 40 percent of the fat grafted will stay forever. Most of these procedures are performed under local anesthesia, and require minimum recovery time.
What is recovery like after Fat Grafting?
You can resume your normal activities almost immediately. Most patients have immediate correction with little signs of the procedure. In the treated area there is a small chance of bruising and swelling for several days, but no bandaging is necessary. The donor area is covered by an elastic pressure bandage for up to one week and can be mildly sore, but Tylenol is all that’s needed to control this mild discomfort (if it occurs at all).